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toyota all admitted to sell the cars with this defective airbag. it's legal to sell them but all must be recalled by 2018. that's it for "the lead." i'm jake tapper. turning you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." happening now, breaking news. city on edge. a campus shooting puts part of a major american city on lockdown as police carry out a building-to-building sweep. tonight, two people are dead as an investigation gets under way. preying on the elderly. court documents refresh scrutiny on trump university which former employees say it was a fraudulent scheme designed to separate the elderly and uneducated from their money. donald trump shrugs off the lawsuit but hillary clinton says trump is using the same approach to, quote, scam america. legacy election. president obama goes to the
heartland to tout the economic turnaround. and faint signals. pings detected from the depths of the mediterranean are giving new hope to searchers as they desperately hunt for the black boxes from egyptair flight 804. but how much time do they have left? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the situation room. breaking news. shootings put a campus on lockdown in the city of los angeles on alert for hours as thousands of terrified students ran for safety or sheltered in place. police swarmed the ucla campus going from building to building looking for possible suspects. two people are dead. we'll have the latest details. in politics, donald trump may have the nation locked up
but he's still facing a bumpy road on the way to the convention and november election. court documents and a lawsuit against this former trump university revealed damaging allegations from former employees who called the real estate program fraudulent and say he used dishonest tactics to prey on the elderly and uneducated. hillary clinton is piling on saying trump is, quote, trying to scam america. trump shrugs off the court case and attacks the judge as unfair. he's running neck-and-neck with hillary clinton right now but trump may have a new challenger on the right. a conservative lawyer and war veteran is being recruited by trump opponents to play a spoiler role. i'll speak with the republican congressman peter king and our correspondents, analysts and guests, they will have full coverage of all of the day's top stories. two people are dead in a shooting which threw the ucla campus into lockdown and threw a big scare into the city of los
angeles. brian todd is with us. brian, what happened? what are you learning? >> wolf, tonight, the lapd is leading the investigation into the shooting. agents from the atf and fbi are on the scene. a weapon has been found. the ucla campus with more than 40,000 students was particlized. investigators are still piecing together what happened in this buildi building on the campus of ucla. they responded to 911 calls from witnesses reporting gunshots in building four of the ucla engineering facility. as police responded in force, the campus was put on lockdown, shutting down streets and parrizing parts of los angeles. students were told to lock down and were told there could be an active shooter. >> every ten minutes we heard that there's another shooter at another location and sometimes it sounds like it's moving closer to us. >> reporter: another student
said she was hiding under a table in the library with about 50 others. >> currently we have all of the lights off, windows are blocked, a crowbar is on the door. >> reporter: as city and police began searching the scene, sources say they found two bodies but were not clear if there was still a suspect on the loose. >> our tactical teams are going in with s.w.a.t. >> reporter: as helicopters hovered above, moving in formation down allies, eventually sweeping into buildings across campus, all captured on security cameras. hours later, police no longer believed anyone was at large but continued to clear buildings, canceling classes for the rest of the day. >> there's no evidence to support an outstanding suspect at this point but out of an abundance of caution, we're going to continue our search. >> police believe this was a murder-suicide. no word yet on the identity of the victim or suspect. police would not answer whether
a suicide note was found. >> no threat to the campus at this point, right? >> no threat to the campus. no suspects are at large. the campus has since reopened. wolf? >> brian todd, thank you. court documents shedding new light on the former trump university which ex-employees are calling a fraudulent scheme. a conservative considers jumping into the presidential contest as a third-party candidate. let's go live to phil mattingly. what's the latest? >> donald trump has said repeatedly on the campaign trail that he could have settled this lawsuit related to trump university and put this whole issue behind him but he wanted to win. his case has no merit so he's willing to fight. hillary clinton agrees and now she's attacking. >> trump and his employees took advantage of vulnerable
americans encouraging them to max out their credit cards, empty their retirement savings, destroy their financial futures all while making promises they knew from the beginning. >> reporter: new documents outlining aggressive and alleged predatory tactics from the employees of now defunct trump university. >> this is just more evidence that donald trump himself is a fraud. he is trying to scam america the way he scammed all of those people at trump u. >> reporter: clinton's attacks, part of a day-long assault on the issue, one trump dismissed as without merit. the level of attacks at the impartiality and ethnicity of the judge overseeing the case. >> i could settle that case. i could have settled it. i just choose not to. >> reporter: all as the
presumptive gop nominee heads back on to the campaign trail and with a stopped schedule in california. >> i am going to make a heavy, heavy, heavy play. i actually think we're going to win california. >> we're going to make a big thing. >> reporter: continuing to stick close to the likely democratic nominee in another national poll. >> our polling has come out and they are doing very well. we are pretty much even and in some cases ahead of hillary. >> reporter: trump continuing to cite the positive poll numbers as a driving force behind a once fractured party which is getting behind its nominee. >> the republican party was really well-unified. people you never thought possible are saying i support trump. >> reporter: but not everyone is on board. now emerging, david frish, an iraq war veteran, constitutional lawyer and conservative writer who has advocated for just such a candidate now on the verge of becoming one himself, according to gop sources.
trump aides and top gop officials dismissing the idea, arguing that it would effectively hand the white house to clinton and even ardent third-party supporters questioning the merits. eric erickson writing, "more and more i wonder if the good of the conservative movement we should watch trump fall on his on sword instead of providing him a conservative scapegoat." trump also planning his first foreign trip as the gop presumptive nominee, scheduling a june 24th stop in the uk for an official opening of one of his golf course properties. a stop that david cameron has sparred with trump and just one day after a critical vote on whether to remain in the european union, trump finds himself at odds with cameron, telling the hollywood reporter, after some coaxing, the uk should leave the eu. in the same interview, trump
saying that brother of chicago mayor and obama's former white house chief of staff rahm emanuel offered to take charge at the republican convention or, perhaps, according to trump, they'd work together on a movie underscoring one thing that trump has repeatedly said. the july convention in cleveland will have a showbiz feel. >> we look forward to it. >> reporter: wolf, over the course of donald trump's campaign, he's repeatedly pointed to companies like carrier or nabisco that have moved jobs to mexico. now that has happened to donald trump. trump learning today that the pga has decided to move it from doral to mexico. this embodies the very reason he's running for president. the former employees, our senior
investigative correspondent drew griffin has been going over the documents that have been released. how damaging is all of this. >> it was all a scheme to defraud gullible people out of thousands and thousands of dollars, they say and it comes from a newly released allegations and a trump university sales manager sums up his view of the school saying "it preyed on the elderly and uneducated to separate them from their monday." this man is named ronald shnacken c shnackenberg, who worked for trump for 2006 to 2007 and he
quit because "i believe trump university was engaging in fraudulent and dishonest conduct." he was pressured in prying to sell a $35,000 program to a couple he didn't think could afford it. another salesperson eventually did make that sale and his response, i was disgusted. a sales event manager for six months at the school said instructors used high-pressure sales techniques no matter the financial situation of the students. she writes, "i recall some consumers had showed up who were homeless and could not afford the seminars yet i overheard trump university representatives telling them, it's okay, just max out your credit card. you heard hillary clinton repeat that on the stand. trump's defense so far, the declarations are going to be disputed in court, he says, and like his attorney told us back in january. the minority of students most of whom loved the seminars.
>> i think you have to look at the context of this entire program. there were well over 10,000 -- there were well over 10,000 people who participated in the course, whether through free or paid. there is at least 10,000 people who paid. so you can go and pick three or four affidavits from people or maybe 20 or maybe 30. it's still a minuscule amount. now, i have in my bag and i'm happy to read for you all of the people who loved the course and sent me affidavits saying that it was a great investment and the best thing they had ever participated in. >> wolf, the trump group sent us to a youtube video where students said they thought the course was terrific. wolf? >> drew, thank you. joining us now, republican congressman peter king of new york. congressman, thank you very much for joining us. given all of these documents of
trump university, his continued attacks on the republican governor of new mexico, susana martinez about some of your fellow republicans. bottom line, do you still stand in support of donald trump? >> yes, i do. i'm subpoena porpporting him asf the party. and as far as trump university, i'm not donald trump's lawyer. i did practice law for a while. what you're hearing now is the plaintiff's case because the case against donald trump. again, there could be thousands of employees who disagree with him and one thing i learned is, you don't judge anything by an opening statement and that's all this is. again, i'm not the lawyer. i'm not the judge. but i would just say that i would really not put much stock in when you hear one side of the case. really, that -- i'd be much more concerned if i were hillary
clinton about the inspector general's report who heard all sides of the case and came out against her. this is the only opening round and he's got a good lawyer. so usually in that case, if you think the case is early on and they believe that the case against him is somewhat weak. again, i don't want to prejudge did. >> put on your legal hat. you're a former prosecutor, if you will. are you comfortable with what donald trump said about the federal judge in one of these cases, that he was a hater, that he's a mexican even though he was born in indiana? >> no, i generally wouldn't kmebt on churches. i don't think they should be totally off limits but if you're involved in litigation you shouldn't be saying too much about the judge. there are judge who is are biased. i don't know what the situation is here and i'd be reluctant to say anything if i were involved in the case. >> but if you felt the judge was
unfair, wouldn't you ask the judge to recuse himself? >> they may try to read some sanctions against him for doing that but basically as a lawyer, again, the person in the case thinks he's not getting a fair case and make remarks about the judge. again, it's not the way it's usually done. dona >> what about susana martinez, head of the republican governor's association, a latina, a woman. are you comfortable with the attacks he's leveled against her? >> no, i wouldn't do that. she is a respected governor. and, you know, she's in the same party. she is the type of republican, type of american that we want on
our side. she is obviously a female. she's hispanic and, more important than all of that, she's an elected governor and by all accounts i think she has a 67% approval rating. so, no, that's -- if there's any advice i would give to donald trump, i would say to stop attacking governor martinez because she is, again, a respected person in the party and rightly so. >> mitt romney, the republican presidential nominee four years ago, said -- he made the decision to oppose trump this time because, in his words -- and i'm quoting him now -- he wanted my grandkids -- i wanted my grandkids to see that i simply couldn't ignore what mr. trump was saying and doing which revealed a character and temperament unfit for the leader of the free world." you're comfortable with donald trump as the leader of the free world? >> well, again, it comes down to a choice between donald trump or hillary clinton and i think most
republicans would support donald trump and on key issues like defense and subpoepporting the police, as you know, on your show i've been critical of him on certain respects in the past but this is a two-party system and to me you have to make a choice and it's either hillary clinton or donald trump. as a republican and american, i'm supporting donald trump. i'm not one of these anti-hillary people but i believe it's better to have some -- is it the ideal choice? no. except for myself, i don't know anybody who is ideal. >> peter king, i want you to stand by. we'll take a quick break. we'll be right back. ♪
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we're back with republican congressman peter king. you said there's a cry says in your party. who needs to step in and fix it? >> i think it's important that paul ryan get an agreement with donald trump. i think paul ryan is probably the key person right now and i think senior people should sit down with donald trump. he won the primary. he's the nominee. right now i would say it's paul ryan and paul is a good friend and wants to make this work. he wants to be able to endorse donald trump. i think by paul and donald trump sitting down more in the future we can get that resolved and get it done before the convention. >> speaker ryan has still not endorsed donald trump, as you know. you also know bill kristol, the editor of "the weekly standard."
the name david french has all of a sudden emerged. is that at all realistic or productive for a third-party conservative to emerge to challenge both donald trump and hillary clinton, assuming she's the democratic nominee? >> i have great respect for him but agree with him on this. david french, i don't know him at all but i know his qualifications. he's obviously a well-qualified guy and a gifted lawyer and a war veteran. no, he has no name identification, no money. and also as a third-party candidate, we are a two-party system and all that would do is incite enough votes from the republicans and elect hillary clinton. listen, i would have been from bill kristol's side but we lost. donald trump won. that's the reality. and if you're in a party, you
should abide by the guy who wins it unless it's so outside the bounds and donald trump is not. it's our obligation to make this work. >> trump university right now, the allegations donald trump and this trump university, all of these court cases, there are three in the works right now, how worried are you that this could potentially undermine or hurt donald trump's candidacy? >> i think he'll be able to handle it. listen, if we're talking about lawsuits against donald trump? on the other hand you're talking about hillary clinton and the inspector general report and all of those issues that are out there of the two, i'd rather be on donald trump's side as far as who wins those arguments in a debate. >> peter king, congressman of new york, thanks very much for joining us. >> thank you, wolf. coming up, our political experts are standing by to weigh
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executive editor mark preston and david chalian. listen to what hillary clinton said at a rally today. >> this is just more evidence that donald trump himself is a fraud. he is trying to scam america the way he scammed all those people at trump u. it's important that we recognize what he has done because that's usually a pretty good indicator of what he will do. >> how powerful is this message that she's delivering for her campaign given the untrustworthy numbers that she has to deal with? >> she's trying to do things at once. she's trying to remind voters that donald trump is an
unacceptable choice, from her perspective, and then she's trying to appeal to the voters who really want to turn out in her behalf and not only is this a scam artist, but he's trying to screw you over, is sort of her appeal here. he doesn't have it out for the middle class, middle american, hardworking guy or gal and he's a total fraud and an unacceptable choice. she's trying to appeal that she's the champion of the folks that his poll teicies. >> rebecca, with these very serious allegations, powerful allegations by former employees of trump university? >> well, we're already seeing him start to defend himself with this video his campaign put out today with some of the witnesses that the defense is saying that they have had a positive experience with the program and actually found they are worth the money and enjoyable.
that's what we're going to see from the trump campaign and the involvement in the program, telling people that this was not a scam, it was something that was actually worthwhile and not just him trying to make money but it would be difficult for him to close that circle because this trial is ongoing throughout the election. he's not set to testify until the end of november in this case and so there isn't going to be any resolution. and so it's really going to be a war of words, one side versus other. >> and it's going to be intense. no doubt about that. ron, the most recent poll of polls shows donald trump leading hillary clinton 2 points nationally among voters out there. why has her lead slipped dramatically over the past few months? >> the short answer, i think, is that the extraordinarily high negatives that she's absorbed has essentially canceled out trump's own historically high negatives and that's something a
generic divide and in a very closely divided country. the democratic hope that the coalition would simply fracture and large pieces would be available to clinton has not born out yet. who know what is happens with the third-party bid and they are are only two exceptions, wolf, in this generic picture. and in a way that could ultimately be very problematic for him and conversely, hillary clinton, if you look at those polls, in almost all of them, has been performing relative to obama in owe 08 and all the way through right now the biggest red flags on the polling board. >> i want to get to david chalian. you just saw this new poll out in california. we saw "the wall street journal" poll, democratic primary voters, hillary clinton 49% and bernie
sanders mightily close. >> mighty close indeed. that's why she's gotten out to california earlier than anticipated and he's going to be cam pabing across the state tomorrow through monday as well. and what's really interesting in that poll is the problem of young voter appeal. and there's a real age disparity here in that poll and that's what is happening young voters and bernie sanders stay in the game. >> and president obama was in indiana touting his economic record and assuming that hillary clinton is the nominee, how do you envision hillary clinton using the president out there on the campaign trail? >> he can be very helpful to hillary clinton. one, he can help raise money. this is going to be a very expensive campaign.
barack obama, even though the left is angry at him, can still raise a lot of money and help with younger voters. it's been a big problem for hillary clinton as bernie sanders has been able to capture the hearts and minds of younger voters and help the overall turnout, boosting the number of african-americans, but let me extrapolate beyond that and add other names. vice president joe biden could go on the campaign trail for her and help her out in the rustbelt states and you could see bernie sanders on the campaign trail for her and two more wildcards. you could perhaps see dr. jill biden and michelle obama. if you have that many powerful surrogates adding in bill clinton as well, that's a good team to have out there campaigning for you. >> ron, very quickly? >> real quick, no matter what president obama does, he's on the ballot with her. if you look at ronald reagan and
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we're following breaking news. with less than a week to go in the california primary, a new poll shows a very tight race between hillary clinton and senator bernie sanders in california clinton's two-point lead is within the poll's sampling error. also breaking, president obama going out of his way this afternoon to defend his legacy and help make sure democrat succeeds him in the white house. let's bring in sunlen serfaty here with me in "the situation room" today. he's making it clear that he wants to weigh into this presidential contest. >> that's right. a taste of vintage obama, the campaigner today he's largely had to sit on the sidelines of this campaign in the absence of a formal democratic nominee and. >> reporter: with an eye on protecting his legacy, president obama is ready to get more involved in the 2016 fray. >> if we get cynical and just
vote our fears, or if we don't vote at all, we won't build on the progress that we start. >> reporter: the president today making a symbolic return to elkhart, indiana, the sight of his very first visit after taking office. >> folks can't afford to keep waiting for folks in washington to get things done. >> reporter: taking stock on the progress not just in elkhart but across the country. >> it's the strongest, more durable country in the world. >> reporter: the president is chomping at the bit to hit the campaign trail ready to explode on the scene once democrats have a nominee. he'll do so with approval ratings above 50% and an economic record to tout. over his two-terms in office, the unemployment rate has dropped to 5% and the economy
has added private sector jobs for 74 consecutive months. the biggest beneficiary of all of this may very well be hillary clinton, who has made preserving the president's legacy a key part of her pitch to democratic voters. >> i'm really proud to stand with president obama and i am proud to stand with the progress he's made. >> reporter: president obama is bringing the heat against donald trump. >> the proposals that display either ignorance of world affairs or a cavalier attitude. >> reporter: so far he's held off on making any official endorsement in the democratic primary fight which at times has tested his neutrality, praising clinton at one point as someone with more experience than any nonvice president who has run for the white house. >> she's extraordinarily experienced and wicked smart and knows every policy inside and out. >> reporter: even joking at this
year's white house correspondents' dinner that a clinton victory in november is inevitable. >> next year at this time, someone else will be standing here in this very spot and it's anyone's guess who she will be. >> reporter: the clinton campaign is not shying away from its embrace of the obama factor. >> i think the president is going to back the nominee very quickly. >> and it's very likely that we'll see a lot of president obama out on the campaign trail once there is a democratic nominee. a white house source says it's driving him crazy not being out there. >> i'm sure it will be very, very active and a good report, sunlen. thank you very much. coming up, faint signals are helping searchers find what they hope will be one of the black boxes. are we any closer to finding out what caused that plane to go down. and the u.s. role right now in the ongoing battle against
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right now, the united states and its allies are stepping up the fight against isis. militia groups backed by u.s. special >> reporter: the effects of u.s. forces on the ground in syria being felt quickly. we have seen them very close to the isis capital of raqqah and now with syrian and kurdish forces on the border with turkey, arguably an equally important target, the main entry point for fighters in syria for
isis. these are u.s. backed syrian forces taking on isis in a critical new offensive. the target, the area that is isis's critical supply route to get arms and fighters and terrorists to europe. >> once you cut off the supply line isis has, you make it very hard for isis to sustain recruitment efforts and ability to carry out attacks. >> reporter: some 4,000 kurdish and arab forces are joining the fight, backed by u.s. forces. the offensive is part of a larger strategy to isolate the terror group in preparation for retaking isis' capital in raqqah. u.s. special forces seen in rare video are now embedded with kurdish forces on raqqah's doorstep. >> the special forces working with kurdish and free syrian
army and similar organizations are basically teaching them how to stand and fight as well as providing them with tactical wherewithal and how to prosecute these kind of counter insurgency campaigns. >> reporter: isis is under attack in iraq. they're under way of a massive assault west of baghdad. the force is a precarious combination of iraqi millish, u.s. air power. the forces on the ground near the frontlines. with the new operation on the serious border with turkey, one coalition partner extremely uncomfortable with it, turkey. wolf, as you know, they consider the terrorist fighters tied to a terrorist organization inside turkey. part of the deal with this
offensive, as soon as isis forces are cleared from this keyboarder crossing, they'll leave the area. it creates a huge sensitivity with america's allies. >> jim sciutto thanks very much. from the depth of the mediterranean getting signals from the downed egyptair flight. rene marsh is looking into it. what's the latest? >> reporter: a critical search for egyptair flight 804. investigators confirmed they detected signals from the plane's black boxes. this brings them one step closer to unraveling exactly what caused that crash. distinct sounds coming from the floor of the mediterranean sea could lead investigators to the first substantial clues to what happened to egyptair flight 804.
so far searchers have only retrieved scattered aircraft debris and human remains, not the main body of the plane. but a french naval ship with three underwater listening devices detected sounds investigators say belonged to the cockpit voice recorder or flight data recorder of the airbus 320. that's a sample of what signals from black boxes sound like. inside those boxes investigators hope to find answers to what brought down the plane. >> these are the four different channels from a cockpit voice recorder. first officers and one if there's a third crew member. we also have the cockpit area microphone. >> reporter: sarah mccomb runs the lab at the ntsb. the agency is not part of the investigation but is world renowned from its expertise in analyzing black boxes. this is the room where investigators listen to cockpit
voice recorder audio. >> we certainly try to identify anybody who is speaking within the cockpit and whether or not that's another crew member from the back of the airplane who possibly comes in. and we all try to document any other sounds that the group can identify as part of normal cockpit operations. >> reporter: other sounds like a potential explosion. >> and listen to the recordings and then with the group around the table be able to start typing as the group agrees what they're hearing and type the transcript of the recording. >> reporter: that's one piece of the puzzle, the other will determine altitude, speed, and how systems were working. together, that information is a huge part of the puzzle. egyptair flight 804 from paris to cairo was at 37,000 feet when it lost contact above the mediterranean early may 19th. shortly before the aircraft was scheduled to exit greek air
space and enter egyptian air space. it is unknown whether a bomb or catastrophic mechanical failure caused the plane to crash, killing all 66 people on board. to date, no terror group has claimed responsibility for bringing the plane down. when the black boxes are retrieved, they'll be brought to egypt. it is not sure if egypt will ask another country for help. but the french accident investigators say a specialized ship will be sent to the search zone next week with equipment to retrieve the black boxes. wolf, once they have them, just takes a matter of days to download the information. >> thank you. court papers bring scrutiny to former trump university which they say was a scheme to prey on the elderly and uneducated. trump sluffs it off.
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play out. they detected underwater signals from one of egyptair flight 804's black boxes. will the crucial recorders and clues be found before the batteries run out? we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i am wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." tonight, allegations of fraud by a business bearing trump's name are helping hillary clinton try to give voters fears about the republican nominee. she goes after the gop rival with new intensity in interviews online and on the campaign trail. >> this is just more evidence that donald trump himself is a fraud. he is trying to scam america the way he scammed all those people
at trump u. >> as hillary clinton takes on trump, just released poll puts her two points ahead of bernie sanders in delegate rich california. the democratic rivals heading into the last big primary tuesday when hillary clinton expects to lock up the nomination. there's new urgency in the search for the black boxes from egyptair flight 804. french investigators believe they detected underwater signals from one of the flight data recorders. our analysts are standing bias we cover the top stories, including hillary clinton's press secretary brian fallon. drew griffin, you're digging into the documents in the trump university case. what are you discovering? >> reporter: what's so damning is the allegations are from trump's employees.
that it wasn't a school, it was a scheme to defraud gullible people out of thousands and thousands of dollars. trump university preyed upon the elderly and uneducated to separate them from their money. that's the declaration, sales manager from trump university from october, 2016 through may of 2007. he says that's when he quit because i believe that trump university was engaging in misleading, fraudulent and dishonest conduct. schneck enberg cites an example of a couple that couldn't afford the $35,000 elite program he was supposed to sell them because of their precarious financial condition. he writes the couple would have had to pay for the program using disability income, taking out a loan based on the equity in his apartment. he refused to make the sale and was reprimanded by trump university. then he stood bias another salesperson talked them into
buying the $35,000 seminar. i was disgusted, he wrote. connie summer, a sales event manager for six months at the school said instructors used high pressure sales techniques, no matter the financial situation of the students. i recall that some consumers showed up who were homeless and could not afford the seminar, she writes. yet i overheard trump university representatives telling them it's okay, just max out your credit card. the declarations are part of an on-going class action lawsuit, one of three saying it was a fraud. declarations will be disputed in court and on the campaign trail trump holds high approval ratings for his school while individually attacking his former students who have sued him. >> so we have 10,000 surveys from former students giving trump university rave reviews.
so you have this guy bob we will oh, he appeared in attack ads, even though he rated the program five, a top mark across the board. >> this is bob gee. >> it was a scam from the start. >> reporter: he says he was suckered into a $35,000 worthless trump university real estate course by a motivational speaker, and yes at that moment he did give the instructor a five out of five. >> the reason we did that is that every one of the retreats, the instructions would say your certificate of accomplishments are waiting in the back of the room, you first have to fill out a questionnaire. and guys, i want donald trump to invite me back to new york to teach more of these retreats, so please be kind. give me the highest rating possible. >> reporter: wolf, we have been asking all day from the trump organization about some sort of response to the declarations
released from former trump employees. we finally got one literally a few minutes ago. i would like you to read it, from a litigation paralegal with trump. the declaration testimony of the former employees, he writes, was recanted or completely discredited at their depositions. the trump group says the depositions were taken in 2012 and they will not be releasing the transcripts. that's the response from the trump organization tonight. >> drew, thank you very much. the trump campaign clearly on the defensive tonight as more details are surfacing about lawsuits against trump university. let's bring in senior political reporter manu raju. another distraction as donald trump is trying to unify the republican party right now. >> reporter: that's right, wolf. the controversy over trump university didn't do much to damage trump in the primary, but the real estate mogul is pushing back more forcibly, recognizing
the clinton campaign is not going to let this go. this comes as trump is getting good news in the polls but continues to face questions in his own party. tonight donald trump pushing back at critics of trump university, releasing positive testimonials from people his campaign says attended the program, and who call his for profit college a resounding success. but as he battles critics who contend the school took advantage of students, trump is reminded about this simple fact. the republican party is not fully behind him yet. a long shot third party candidate, iraq war veteran, conservative writer david french is being pushed by gop pundit bill kristol. paul ryan is still holding out. >> principles are what matter most to conservatives like myself and policies that come from those principles. that's not something you just
turn a dime on. >> reporter: despite trump's improving poll numbers. a new quinnipiac poll shows trump down just four points to clinton. more than 7 in 10 republicans hold a favorable view of him. >> ultimately decisions between donald trump and hillary clinton at this point, holding out hope for this other republican to emerge is not going to happen. >> reporter: controversy is bound to follow trump overseas when he attends the opening of one of his scottish golf courses. in his first trip abroad as the presumptive nominee nominee. it will be a date after the u.k. votes whether to stay as part of the european union, he could receive a rocky reception from the british parliament which threatened to ban him when he proposed a ban on muslims entering the u.s. >> i think the remarks are stupid and wrong. if he came to our country, he
would unite us against him. >> reporter: he is attacking his favorite punching bag, facing criticism he only made donations to veterans groups, he fought back. so i raised gave $5 million for the veterans and media makes me look bad. they do anything to belittle, totally biased. >> reporter: as you know, he's been going after the jump in the case, calling him unfair and saying testimonials of trump university. cnn is looking into reports that some people in the videos may have other connection to trump, including possible business dealings with him. >> manu, thanks very much. hillary clinton says trump university was a fraud, then
spread her message on the campaign trail. jeff zeleny joins us from new jersey where hillary clinton had an event today and got pretty tough, pretty nasty as far as trump is concerned, didn't she? >> reporter: tough indeed, wolf, calling him a fraud, saying he's performing a scam on the american people. some of the toughest words we heard her use to go after donald trump, but as she was doing that, bernie sanders was going after california voters. she says she doesn't need to win california, but a new poll tonight says she may not. >> this is just more evidence that donald trump himself is a fraught. >> reporter: tonight, hillary clinton in pointed, personal terms unloading on donald trump. >> he is trying to scam america the way he scammed all those people at trump u. >> reporter: seizing on the latest controversy surrounding her gop rival, this time the business practices of trump university. clinton urging supporters in
newark to put her over the top in the final wave of primaries. >> new jersey, you have the chance to decide the nominee of the democratic party next tuesday. >> reporter: until tuesday, clinton has a five day fight for california on her hands, trying to ward off a bernie sanders victory. a new poll tonight shows clinton with only a two point lead. >> thank you monterey! >> reporter: sanders is taking delight in clinton's decision to go west and join him on the campaign trail, despite her insurmountable lead in delegates. >> i am shocked. you all told me the campaign was over. i wonder why secretary clinton and her husband bill are back in california. >> reporter: sanders makes the argument the race is not over. >> thought it was lost and all over, i guess secretary clinton looks at polling that suggests otherwise. >> reporter: clinton is only 72 delegates away from clinching the nomination, according to a cnn estimate.
that includes superdelegates who can change their minds until the convention. >> they're going to say the nominating process is over, secretary clinton has won. that's factually incorrect. >> reporter: yet the race between clinton and trump is quickly passing sanders by. the question is not whether she goes to the convention but how she arrives, on a winning streak or with growing unease about her candidacy. >> we're going to work hard. i want to be a jersey girl. >> reporter: new jersey's john bon jovi said the time is now for clinton. >> i hope soon we will all be calling her madam president. >> reporter: today's topic, newly unsealed documents in a lawsuit against trump university. >> his own employees testified that trump u was a fraudulent scheme where donald trump enriched himself at the expense of hard working people. >> reporter: flying to california today, trump was
unusually quiet as clinton increasingly tries to take a page from his flood the zone play book. >> it's important that we recognize what he has done because that's usually a pretty good indicator of what he will do. we see someone who is unqualified and unfit to be president of the united states. >> wolf, that argument of being unqualified and unfit continues in a major policy address secretary clinton is scheduled to deliver from san diego. she will go hard after donald trump. trump university creates so much fodder, goes to the heart of his business acumen. they believe it could hurt him the most. >> joining us, press secretary for the hillary clinton campaign. brian fallon. >> hi, wolf, thanks for having me. >> i want to get to her attacks
of trump university in a moment. first, reaction to the new poll numbers showing a tight race in california. next tuesday, marist "the wall street journal" poll shows she leads senator sanders by only two points. 49% to 47%. that's well within the margin of error. donald trump keeps saying secretary clinton can't close the deal with bernie sanders. shouldn't she be further ahead in a big state like california? >> wolf, she's far ahead with the popular vote nationally, she's far ahead when it comes to the total in pledge delegates, so the nomination is out of reach for senator sanders. that said, she has made a commitment she wants to honor the primary process through the finish and to be honest, this poll out of california doesn't surprise us. we have known for awhile the race in california is very tight. we intend to spend the remaining five days in california campaigning very hard, and i
think we have a great story to tell, great message to bring to voters in california. >> you heard senator sanders say if he wins california and he believes he can win california, even impressively, that will convince a lot of superdelegates to change their minds before the convention, leave hillary clinton and go to bernie sanders. your reaction to that? >> i just don't see it happening, wolf. the reality is with a strong finish in new jersey of which we are increasingly confident and strong finish in california, we can clinch a majority of pledge delegates, besides the superdelegates that senator sanders dislikes so much. pledge delegates are awarded based on primary outcomes, she will clinch a majority of those delegates tuesday by virtue of finishes in new jersey and california. that will essentially rob senator sanders of remaining argument because it will mean even if you discount the superdelegates entirely, she would have won on pledge delegates alone. >> is she focusing too early on donald trump, not enough on
bernie sanders? >> no, i don't think so, wolf. we know she's going to be the nominee, we are only six months out from the general election and there's even less time if you count the beginning of early voting in some states. we have to begin to frame the choice for the voters because the stakes are so high in terms of what donald trump would bring to the oval office. tomorrow she's making that case from a foreign policy standpoint, giving a speech in san diego, talking about her vision for foreign policy versus his dangerous approach which would alienate our allies, talked about withdrawing from nato, talked about allowing more countries to acquire nuclear weapons, he offended allies like israel and david cameron. she's going to make that case tomorrow. we have to make that case. >> she's making the case against trump university is concerned. does she believe he committed some criminal activity, some sort of fraud? >> we don't know enough yet
whether there's criminal activity here, but we know there's no small number of civil lawsuits brought by former students of his as well as an inquiry by the new york attorney. this is explosive in terms of last night. the press conference where he attacked the media was intended as a smoke screen to distract from these documents released last night. the release of these documents, it is no longer the clinton campaign or mitt romney saying it is a scam, no longer former students bringing lawsuits, it is employees that worked for donald trump that were sales managers pedaling fraudulent scams, intending to prey on individuals that were most vulnerable members of the public in terms of elderly and single parents that couldn't afford to pay their bills. i think the reason this is resonating deeply is because it exposes donald trump's approach to business as one that's trying
to prey on and profit from people's hardship, and that exposes him in terms of the campaign he is waging now. he is going around suggesting he will be devoted to improving people's economic situation when in reality his whole campaign is intended to promote donald trump just like trump university. >> we witnessed a contentious donald trump at the news conference yesterday, spent time attacking the news media. and later tweeted this. i am getting great credit for my press conference. crooked hillary should be admonished for not having a press conference in 179 days. why hasn't she held a formal, open news conference in 179 days. we have done checking, that's about right. >> that's a bit of a misnomer. she does availabilities all the time. the only thing missing that might define it as a press conference is a podium. we will do press conference style question and answer sessions soon again. the reality is she does
interviews all the time, including on this network. she's frequently a guest of yours and other shows. there's no question she's afraid to answer. we are happy to be out there, want to be part of the conversation to talk about the high stakes of the election and contrast between her and donald trump. >> dan marek said she does informal gaggles in virginia, but the last formal news conference was back on december 4th in iowa. is she going to do one before california? >> i am sure we will do another one soon. the reality is she takes questions from dan and colleagues in the press corp all the time. we will continue to do that. >> stand by. we will take a quick break and be right back. a hotel looking to help small businesses succeed is incredible. thank you. holiday inn is an extension of our team. book your next journey at holidayinn.com
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back with hillary clinton campaign press secretary brian fallon. would hillary clinton naming senator sanders as a running mate? >> we are not focused on that right now, wolf. we still have a primary we want to finish out, including california as we talked about next tuesday, new jersey and other states, so we're not focused on that at the moment. i think when the time comes, sits down, builds a short list of folks to consider for the vice presidential slot, she will want to take an expansive look. among the factors, who can do the job of president, who would be a good partner to serve with in government, i think she believes in a strong vice president. >> president obama is in indiana touting his economic record in the past nearly 8 years, making
the case for electing more democrats. your campaign chief told cnn that the president will endorse hillary clinton quickly after she secures the nomination. how does the campaign plan to use president obama on the campaign trail? >> i think as you saw from president obama's appearance in indiana, this is someone who is thirsting to get out there, make the case. i think he has a great record in legacy to talk about for his own part and i think he is anxious to give his true, unvarnished thoughts of what he thinks of donald trump as the republican party's nominee. we look forward to him making the case and as many appearances and time as he is able to devote to campaign travel in the coming months. i think there's plenty of voters that will be happy to hear from him, happy to have him make as many appearances as he can. >> the point of the major foreign policy address tomorrow in san diego, what do we expect
to hear? >> i think she will give a sweeping discussion on high stakes in the approach to conducting foreign policy that the next president will inherit. she will do an affirmative lay down of how she would approach the job of commander in chief, compare and contrast that with donald trump. when it comes to donald trump, he's suggested that america's place in the world is somehow reduced in recent years and that the solution to the challenges we face in the 21st century is shrink from the world, withdraw, alienate our allies. she will challenge that approach, layout why that would be a dangerous fit, talk about why he would want to allow more nations to get nuclear weapons, take a dangerous approach to the middle east situation, alienating allies, talking up people like kim jong-un in north korea. on a variety of issues, she will
layout the case. this will be a tent pole of a larger argument that we're going to make in the next five months which is that he is too dangerous and uniquely unqualified to play the role of commander in chief. >> brian fallon, thanks for joining us. >> thank you, wolf. just ahead, more on the fraud allegations against trump university. how can the republican nominee change the conversation. and new developments in the egyptair flight 804 investigation. will the pings detected lead to the black boxes and will it happen fast enough? thanks for the ride around
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donald trump's defunct university coming back to haunt him and hillary clinton is on it. our cnn correspondent sunlen serfaty, chief analyst gloria borger, and commentator. trump doesn't like information circulating about him and his businesses. how might he try to change the conversation as he is often good at doing. >> i was talking to republicans today, wolf, asking that very question, the answer that came up a couple of times is talk about what your administration would look like and how you would governing. in other words, one way to change the conversation might be surprising. name the people in your administration. who would be your secretary of defense, who would be secretary of state. he says he wants to name the vice president at the convention. set that aside. but who's your national security adviser? who is the team you would be talking to. say oh, i like the people he is surrounding himself with. even if i have questions about donald trump, i kind of like the team. that would be an interesting way to change the conversation. >> it is interesting, rebecca. donald trump says he has affidavit statements from a lot of students that attended trump university saying show me movies with romance.